Adviser (Anti-corruption), Pretoria, South Africa

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Posting Title: Adviser (Anti-Corruption), P4


Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Duty Station: PRETORIA

Posting Period: 06 July 2022 – 04 August 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Drug Control and Crime Prevent-UNODC-182870-R-Pretoria (E)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pretoria, South Africa. The incumbent will report to the Representative, ROSAF and to the Chief, Implementation Support Section (ISS), Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB), Division for Treaty Affairs (DTA) of UNODC in Vienna, Austria.

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The Global Programme to prevent and combat corruption is a technical assistance programme offered by UNODC to provide advice and capacity-building assistance to Member States to effectively implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Within assigned authority, under substantive and policy guidance of the Chief, ISS/CEB/DTA and other senior staff of the Branch at UNODC headquarters Vienna, the Adviser (Anti-Corruption) is primarily responsible for overseeing, coordinating and implementing anti-corruption technical assistance projects and activities (including policy advice, technical expertise and practical day-to-day support to anti-corruption bodies and other relevant authorities). The incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • Provide expert advice and input to the development and implementation of technical assistance programmes on anti-corruption at the inter-regional, regional and/or national levels in Africa, in accordance with the UNODC Strategy 2021-2025, the UNODC Strategic Vision for Africa 2030 and as an integral element of the UNODC Regional and National Programmes, including in Francophone Africa.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for anti-corruption programmes by establishing and maintaining close contacts with donor countries and other partners in coordination with DTA/CEB, ROSAF and other relevant field offices in Africa.
  • Supervise, as appropriate, and otherwise support staff working on anti-corruption programmes in UNODC Regional and Country Offices in Africa including in Francophone Africa.
  • Coordinate with CEB headquarters, Regional and Countries Offices in Africa to align anti-corruption programming with the Global Programme to prevent and combat corruption
  • Provide advice and assistance, where necessary and required, to enhance and upgrade relevant legislation and other legal instruments in conformity with UNCAC. Support and strengthen the capacity of national anti-corruption agencies, including by supporting the development of their mandates, structures and operational practices. Provide advisory services, guidance and technical expertise to specialized anti-corruption bodies, law enforcement and judicial authorities on the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of corruption and related offences.
  • Support States parties under the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism, and provide technical assistance based on needs identified through the Mechanism.
  • Foster contacts and, where appropriate, co-operation and partnerships with bodies and institutions at national, regional and international levels tasked with the prevention of and fight against corruption. Work with government counterparts to strengthen capacity to deal with proceeds of corruption and crime, mutual legal assistance and asset recovery, in particular with relevant government agencies, but also with the legislature and the private sector, as appropriate.
  • Assist in designing, developing, upgrading, implementing and reviewing national anti-corruption strategies and anti-corruption campaigns in collaboration, as appropriate, with civil society, the media, the business sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Develop targeted anti-corruption training courses based on needs analysis, especially for key authorities in the area of prevention, criminalization, enforcement and asset recovery.
  • Coordinate with donors, other technical assistance providers and the regional governance advisers of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and where opportune, implement activities jointly. Liaise and share information regularly with other partners on programme activities. Prepare regular progress reports on the development of his/her work, as may be requested by the funding partner(s), national counterparts or UNODC.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to corruption and economic crime. Has knowledge of the mandates of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, of the work of the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice, and substantive knowledge of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Has good knowledge of legislative aspects of preventing and combating corruption, including their international dimensions. Has ability to identify issues, analyse and contribute to the resolution of problems/issues. Has conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Has ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given and ability to provide effective specialized advice. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, international relations, economics, political and social sciences or a related discipline is required. A first-level university degree in these fields in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of professional experience working within or providing advisory services to anti-corruption bodies; or investigating and prosecuting corruption cases in anti-corruption agency, law enforcement, prosecution service or the judiciary; or working as technical adviser on anti-corruption in international organizations or a non-governmental organization, is required.

Work experience with mutual legal assistance, proceeds of crime and/or asset recovery legislation and casework is desirable.

Work experience in designing national anti-corruption policies, strategies, and public campaigns is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Pretoria is classified in the “A” category (family duty station).

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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